9/27 GPSA Meeting Recap: Blood drive bill passes, response to hate speech

GPSA met on Wednesday, September 27 at 6 p.m. in room 134 HUB.

The meeting opened with a special presentation from the Canvas Project Team. The Canvas Project Team requests feedback from students and faculty in hopes of making Canvas as fully functional and student-friendly as possible. GPSA will soon be appointing a new Liaison to the Canvas Project Team, since the current liaison will be graduating this year.

GPSA President Matt Krott gave his executive officer report, within which he addressed the recent issues on campus with hate speech from certain groups. He conveyed that while Penn State legally has difficulty stopping this rhetoric because of the First Amendment, there is a responsibility for student leaders on campus to help ensure everyone feels safe and included within the Penn State community. He also showed his gratitude for President Barron’s recent words against racist and white supremacist comments.

Krott again implored that everyone write to their state representatives, in hopes of getting the budget approved, so that Penn State can receive their appropriation from the state. Letters to representatives can easily be submitted through this link, or a phone number can be found on this link.

Bill 67–15, “Co-Sponsorship of PSU-MSU Blood Drive,” was passed by a unanimous vote. The GPSA sponsored blood drive is part of the Penn State vs. Michigan State blood drive challenge. The blood drive will be on November 1st in the HUB with more details to follow. More information about donating blood and schedule of blood drives can be located here.


9/13 GPSA Meeting Recap: Two Bills pass, Pennsylvania budget updates

The Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA) met on Wednesday, September 13 at 6 p.m. in 108 Wartik.

The meeting opened with a special presentation from Laura Hall, the Senior Director of Campus Recreation. Hall explained the different facilities and programs offered and that all students should now have access to the gyms. She emphasized the new IM Building expansion completion, the availability of outdoor recreation through Stone Valley and Campus Recreation’s commitment to making their facilities more inclusive for all student body members.

In his report, GPSA President Matt Krott stressed the importance of contacting state representatives in order to get the Pennsylvania budget passed. Penn State is counting on over $300 million from the state, but it has been over two months since the July 1 budget deadline and the University still has not received its appropriation from the state legislature. Letters to representatives can easily be submitted through this link, or a phone number can be found on this link.

Bill 67-12 “Co-Sponsorship of Science Policy Society Panel” was passed by majority roll-call vote. Science Policy Society representative Grayson Doucette said this event would be open to all, and the speaker plans on highlighting the importance of science “in our daily lives as graduate students.”

Bill 67-13 “Graduate Student Leadership Roundtable” passed unanimously. Delegate Gerald Knapp is planning for three roundtables in the fall semester with the intent of GPSA learning and better communicating about the needs of other graduate student organizations.

Graduate and Professional Student Homecoming Court Application

For the first time in history, Penn State’s Homecoming Court will feature 2 graduate or professional students!

To learn more about these new members of the Homecoming Court and how they will be selected, read the press release from Penn State Homecoming here. To apply for one of the spots on Court, complete the application and send it along with a résumé or CV to gpsaoffice@gmail.com by the application deadline of Wednesday, September 13th at midnight. 

Please contact GPSA President, Matt Krott (krott@psu.edu) with any questions regarding the application. Good luck. For The Glory!